DIY Lip Scrub

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Spring is finally here and the weather is slowly but surely starting to warm up. The cold dry weather of winter tends to leave our skin a little bit worse for wear so now is the perfect time to slough off the old and prep ourselves for the season ahead.

When the weather improves and we emerge from hiding after a long cold season, we want to look and feel our best. We're probably going to spend a lot more time leaving the house (because there's no snowstorms to stop us!) and something about the sunshine puts that extra spring in our step and perhaps prompts us to put a little more effort into ourselves. I just wanted to share a quick and easy DIY recipe for a lip scrub made from just three simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen! This scrub will remove the dry flaky buildup of skin from over the winter so your new spring lip colours go on super smooth.

Ingredients (use organic wherever possible)

1 tablespoon raw coconut oil (or substitute extra virgin olive oil)

2 teaspoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon honey

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a small glass jar. Scoop a tiny amount onto your finger and gently rub on lips, moving in a circular motion for about one minute. Rinse with a warm damp cloth or simply lick it off (it's safe enough to eat, not to mention nice and sweet). And voila! Soft, kissable lips.

It's a good idea to follow up with a moisturizing lip balm for a protective and nutritive moisturizer (I actually use our Baby Balm because the big tube is just so convenient but you can use our Healing Balm too). Do this once a week or whenever you feel the temperature starting to dip again.

The best thing about this lip scrub, aside from being so simple, is that all of the ingredients have great skin benefits. Coconut oil is moisturizing, rich in antioxidants, as well as a natural cleanser. Brown sugar is an excellent source of gylcol acid which encourages cell turnover and generates fresh smooth skin. It's also a topical exfoliant which removes dead surface skin to reveal the healthy skin underneath. Finally, honey attracts and retains moisture in the skin to reduce dryness and chapping. It's also a known wound healer and infection fighter, so you can even use it to fight off any cold sores you might feel coming on.

--Lisa

 

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